Medtech stories we missed this week: May 26, 2017

From Merck’s new licensing agreement to surgical study data being touted, here are medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Merck inks exclusive licensing agreement for Alzheimer’s antibody Merck announced in a May 25 press release that it has entered an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Teijin Pharma. The

Artificial pancreas: These companies are racing to make one

Medical device companies are close to achieving the holy grail of diabetes treatment: a combined glucose sensor, control algorithm and insulin infusion device that effectively acts as an “artificial pancreas.” We explain more in our newest Medical Design & Outsourcing video. (And for a deeper dive, check out our recent roundup of companies in the

This could be the battery-free solution for pacemakers

A new energy storage system charges itself using ions from inside the human body – providing an exciting alternative to traditional batteries used in pacemakers, according to researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Connecticut. Researchers at the universities developed a bio-friendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor;

Medtech stories we missed this week: May 19, 2017

From FDA clearances to touting study data, here are some medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. XpandOrtho wins FDA 510(k) clearance XpandOrtho announced in a May 17 press release that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its electronic soft tissue balancing instrument for total knee replacement surgery. The

Titan Medical CEO wants to up the game in robotic surgery: Here’s how

Titan Medical – the young, upstart Canadian robotic surgery company – is making a comeback this year. Just today, the company announced the completion of initial formative human factors studies for its Sport single port robotic surgical system. The Sport system boasts the ability for a variety of surgical instruments on snake-like arms to be deployed

FDA authorizes magnet-based birth defect treatment device

The FDA recently authorized Cook Medical’s Flourish Pediatric Esophageal Atresia Anastomosis to treat a birth defect in infants up to 1 year old who have gaps in their esophagus (esophageal atresia). Esophageal atresia is a birth defect that occurs when a baby is born with part of the esophagus missing. Instead of the tube growing from

Ethicon offers new precision stapling for thoracic and colorectal surgeries

Ethicon announced that it has launched its new Echelon Flex GST (gripping surface technology) 45 mm system for controlling tissue movement in thoracic and colorectal surgery. The new Echelon Flex GST is designed to help with precision stapling performance with a staple line integrity for a wide range of tissue thickness. It’s best used in

Stratos PD: What went wrong and what does it mean for medtech?

UPDATE May 10, 2016: In the interest of full disclosure, Heather Thompson was a freelance writer for the Stratos blog. There has been some conjecture since the once premier consulting firm, Stratos Product Development, shut down last week. Those closest to the company have expressed a deep sadness in the abrupt end of a company

How Proto Labs is helping to make bioabsorbable surgical staples

Quick-turn contract manufacturer Proto Labs is playing an important role helping Opus KSD (Peacham, Vt.) ramp up production of  SubQ It! – a disposable, handheld surgical stapler that uses bioabsorbable fasteners beneath the skin. Health practitioners generally use bioabsorbable, thread-like material or a surgical stapler with metal staples to close the small openings created during laparoscopic surgery.

This new bionic hand reacts automatically: Here’s how

British researchers are trying out a new bionic hand that they’ve developed that allows the wearer to reach out and grasp objects automatically – without the user consciously thinking – mimicking how people fluidly react to with the world around them. The key to allowing the hand to do this was a camera. The biomedical engineers at Newcastle

Could wireless signals help diagnose diseases?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a wireless device that is the size of a small painting and could help diagnose cognitive decline and cardiac disease – all through wireless signals. The device, deemed WiGait, measures the walking speed of people with 95 to 99% accuracy using wireless

Stratasys advancing foot orthotics with large-scale 3D printing

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is collaborating with medical equipment supplier and Podfo orthotics creator Peacocks Medical Group to increase large scale production of 3D printed custom orthotics. Other foot orthotics manufacturing has long lead times and is not cost-effective when producing advanced design elements. Peacocks Medical Group’s Podfo line is designed using additive manufacturing and avoids

Meet the computer-automated drill that cuts surgery time down to minutes

What do machining auto parts and speeding up cranial surgery have in common? Think a computer-driven drill that can produce fast, safe, clean cuts in complex surgical procedures. Such computer-automated drills, which have long been used in automotive technology, have the potential to speed surgeries by 50% or more. Researchers from the University of Utah

12 interesting wearables you should know

Wearable technology is probably one of those things you probably didn’t need but still wanted because people were always talking about the devices. Fitbit, Apple and Garmin are some of the main providers of health and wellness wearables. Each of them touts being able to track your fitness activity or measures your heart rate. However, consumer

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B. Braun Medical to bring Christie Medical’s VeinViewer to more hospitals

Christie Medical Holdings, with its vein-finding VeinViewer system, has announced a strategic alliance with B. Braun Medical, a major player in infusion therapy and pain management. “Aligning the VeinViewer technology with one of the top companies in the United States’s peripheral IV catheter market provides our customers with a seamless solution for improving peripheral IV access,” said